Ohio Bar Examination (UBE)

2020 Bar Exam Information

NOTE: Bar exam information is subject to change without notice. Please verify with bar examiner’s office.

BAR EXAM DATES AND FORMAT

2020: February 25 – 27, September 9-10

2021: February 23 – 24, July 27 – 28

Beginning September 2020: The Ohio Bar Exam is a 2-day Uniform Bar Exam (UBE).

Day 1: Six 30-minute Multistate Essay Exam questions (MEE in the AM) and two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test questions (MPT in the PM).

Day 2: Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple-choice exam (100 questions in the AM, 100 questions in the PM).

Ohio Board of Bar Examiners

Office of Bar Admissions
Supreme Court of Ohio
65 South Front Street, 5th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-3431

Phone: (614) 387-9340

Fax: (614) 387-9349

Email: BarAdmissions@sc.ohio.gov

Web: www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/Boards/barExam/

Bar Exam Location

Greater Columbus Convention Center
400 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43215

Subjects Tested

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts/Sales
  • Criminal Law/Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Real Property
  • Torts
  • Business Associations (Agency, Partnerships, Corporations, Limited Liability Companies)
  • Conflicts of Law
  • Family Law
  • Trusts and Estates (Decedents' Estates; Trusts and Future Interests)
  • Secured Transactions (Article 9 of Uniform Commercial Code)
  • Plus, all MBE Subjects
Multistate Performance Test “Closed universe” practical questions using instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by examiners.

A scaled score of 85 on the MPRE is required for admission to the bar.

Filing Deadlines and Fees

Law student registration is required. For complete details contact the Ohio Board of Bar Examiners.

Bar exam applications must be filed by November 1 for the February exam and by April 1 for the July exam. Late application deadlines, with an additional fee, are December 10 for the February exam and by May 10 for the July exam.

Bar Exam Application Fee: $358

On-Motion Application Fee: $1,500

UBE Transfer Fee: Information pending

Late Fee: $100

Scoring

Although the weight of each component has not yet been confirmed, typically in UBE jurisdictions, the MEE and MPT scores are scaled to the MBE with the MBE weighted 50%, the MEE weighted 30% and the MPT weighted 20%. According to the Ohio Board of Bar Examiners, a total scaled score of 270 will be required to pass.

Additional Requirements

EFFECTIVE WITH THE JULY 2020 EXAM
All applicants will be required to take an Ohio bar exam component prior to admission. For details, contact the Ohio Board of Bar Examiners.

Reciprocity

Acceptance of MBE Score

Ohio does not accept an MBE score from an exam taken in another jurisdiction.

Admission on Motion

May be admitted on motion if applicant has engaged in active practice of law for five of 10 years preceding application and is a graduate of an ABA accredited law school. For complete details contact the Ohio Board of Bar Examiners.

Admission by UBE

The Ohio Office of Bar Admissions is working to develop application materials and processes to accept transfer applications. Once the process is confirmed, applicants who have obtained a scaled score of at least 270 on a Uniform Bar Exam taken in another jurisdiction within five years may apply for admission based on that score. The earliest administration acceptable for transfer will be February 2016. For the most up-to-date information, please visit the Ohio Board of Bar Examiners’ UBE FAQs page.

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